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Everyone knows not to litter. It’s selfish and bad for the environment. More than ten years ago, public service announcements made the rounds in television and radio despising those who litter.
As the festivities of Bike Month continue, May 16th marks Bike to Work Day! Not all of us have the option to bicycle to our job–but a lot of us do. Even if you can’t bike to work, this month is all about encouraging others, making an effort to bike more and raising awareness of how we get around. We can strive to leave less trace in our everyday lives, just like we strive to leave no trace in the woods. ________________________________________________________________________________________ Make Yourself Visible Whether you deck out your helmet, add flashing lights, or wear a brightly colored vest while you bike–make yourself hard to miss! The first step of a car respectfully sharing the road, is for them to see you.   Be Predictable Bicycling to work is not the time to show off your moves. Use your hand signals. Obey traffic laws if you’re on a real road. If a car can tell what your next move is and vice a versa, everyone will be safer.   Leave Early and Stay Cool You don’t want to end up being the “stinky one” in the workplace. If you leave early, it will be cooler and you can bike at a slower pace...
While you’re packing your vehicle for the next weekend camping expedition, take a minute and consider the route you’ll be taking. How much impact will you have and are you prepared for the trail?   We’ve all seen the signs at the trailhead and heard the mantra of responsible off roading, Some of us have even witnessed the ramifications of not following the “Stay the Trail”, “Leave no Trace” and “Pack it Out” mottos. Why is it that we continue to see trails closed or trash left behind? Fire pits full of unburned trashed or unburnable waste. Are we loving the outdoors too much? Responsible trail use whether on two wheels or four is paramount to keeping trails open and available for all to enjoy. Off highway is vastly different from off trail. Off-highway refers to traveling off the paved roads but staying on the trail. Crossing water only at designated fords, avoiding sensitive areas and never disturbing historical areas. Off trail means damaging the flora and fauna that we all go out to enjoy. It also destroys historical landmarks and the natural beauty that Mother Nature spent millions of years to create.   Protecting our natural resources and sharing...
We have already helped you cut down your gear by swopping your tent, stakes and ground sheet for a simple hammock and straps, but have you thought about how to cut down on your waste too? Now we’re solidly in some good weather, the temptation to go get lost in the wilderness is forever knocking on our office desks, so let’s give in, get outside, and learn 3 fun facts about re-using, recycling and green loving! Bring re-usable containers – before you leave, pack all your food into re-usable pots so you can use them to eat out of, mix stuff up in, and take items home with you! You can even designate a trash tub to keep all your food remnants or small pieces of trash. Dig some holes! – Peeing is mostly ok, but make sure you bury those number twos! Poop needs help from the soil to break down, so carve out a shallow cave in the soil and then fill it back up when you are done! Voila! Avoid glass – Glass is not well suited for hiking/camping/hammocking expeditions for many reasons including its weight and its breaking ability, but mainly because it takes literally eons...
As we’re rolling into June, our back seats are getting dirty from weekend camping trips and our ENOs are getting crusty from such regular usage. Although we think this lived-in-look adds character to our products, it is still important to keep them clean and fresh. After all, the better you take care of your ENO, the longer it will last for you! And it’s not just your ENO this applies to – all your camping faves get happier when you dust them off after a couple of days on the trail. Here’s an easy guide to cleaning up your camping kit post-trip. 1) Give your ENO some it-time When you get back home after an outdoors trip it’s important to let your hammock hang by itself for a while. Pop it out of its stuff sack and hang it up in your yard/outdoor space for a few hours to air it out. Although this is always worth doing, it is super import when you have been in wet or damp conditions as leaving your hammock stuffed while wet will increase the chances of it growing mold or smelling ripe. If the weather remains bad or your outdoor space is limited,...
This week, we would like to tell you a little story. Once upon a Tuesday, the good people from Compass Green came to visit us here at ENO’s base camp in Asheville, NC. Now, these people are good not only because they love our ENO hammocks. They’re good because they aim to educate the nation on a VERY important topic: environmental sustainability. Compass Green is a mobile education project that teaches sustainable agriculture, inspires creative solutions to food security issues, and demonstrates an environmentally responsible way of living. How do they do this? They travel around the country in a mobile greenhouse powered by waste vegetable oil (awesome), targeting audiences at schools and events who might not otherwise be exposed to such an education. The project is organized and run by two environmental rock stars Justin Cutter and Nick Runkle. Cutter, who first dabbled with education in Japan for the David Lynch Foundation, discovered his love for sustainable agriculture in 2009 working for John Jeavons, the founder of GROW BIOINTENSIVE. Runkle unearthed his passion for sustainable agriculture working on a number of farms in Vermont and in South America. Since then, he assisted in the development of an English Immersion...

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